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Can I Have a Service for My Loved One After Cremation?

Video Transcript

Can you have a memorial service after cremation? The answer is simply yes. There are advantages to the cremation process. You don’t have to schedule something right after the death occurs, so you have a lot of time to plan or to think about what would be the most appropriate celebration of life for your loved one and your family. You can choose to do that a week after the death or a year later. You can have a service in a different part of the country or have multiple services at your loved one’s favorite spots around the country.

Answers from Other Funeral Directors Around the United States:

Yes, a service for the deceased that after cremation is often referred to as a “memorial service” because the physical body is not present. Some memorial services have the cremated remains in an urn and present at the service. Some memorial services only have photos or flowers. The cremated remains do not have to be present for a memorial service to take place.

- Abby Schilling
Funeral Director in Richfield, MN


Yes, services can be scheduled anywhere and at any time after a cremation has occurred.

- Michael Sollitto
Funeral Director in Charlotte, NC


Yes! This question is asked often. An example that I use is a family I served a few years ago had their loved one cremated. While the cremation was taking place, they planned a service on a private lake. They rented a lake house, had a clergy member attend, and even had games and grilled food. The service went on for an entire weekend ending with a very nice gathering by the lake where they lite a fire pit and one by one shared stories and memories.

- Dorsey Thomas
Funeral Director in Atlanta, GA